Proton tracking for medical imaging and dosimetry

Taylor, J T, Allport, P P, Casse, G L , Allinson, N M, Smith, N A, Tsurin, I, Esposito, Michela, Kacperek, A, Nieto-Camero, J, Price, T and Waltham, Chris (2015) Proton tracking for medical imaging and dosimetry. Journal of Instrumentation, 10 . ISSN 1748-0221

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For many years, silicon micro-strip detectors have been successfully used as tracking detectors for particle and nuclear physics experiments. A new application of this technology is to the field of particle therapy, where radiotherapy is carried out by use of charged particles such as protons or carbon ions. Such a treatment has been shown to have advantages over standard x-ray radiotherapy and as a result of this, many new centres offering particle therapy are currently under construction—including two in the U.K.. The characteristics of a new silicon micro-strip detector based system for this application will be presented. The array uses specifically designed large area sensors in several stations in an x-u-v co-ordinate configuration suitable for very fast proton tracking with minimal ambiguities. The sensors will form a tracker capable of giving information on the path of high energy protons entering and exiting a patient. This will allow proton computed tomography (pCT) to aid the accurate delivery of treatment dose with tuned beam profile and energy. The tracker will also be capable of proton counting and position measurement at the higher fluences and full range of energies used during treatment allowing monitoring of the beam profile and total dose. Results and initial characterisation of sensors will be presented along with details of the proposed readout electronics. Radiation tests and studies with different electronics at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and the higher energy proton therapy facility of iThemba LABS in South Africa will also be shown.

Additional Information:10th International Conference on Position Sensitive Detectors, 7–12 SEPTEMBER 2014, UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, GUILDFORD, SURREY, U.K.
Keywords:proton therapy, NotOAChecked
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F350 Medical Physics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:05 Feb 2016 14:00

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